In 1964, Marvel premiered one of its enduring and exciting super heroes, Daredevil. Whether in his secret identity as blind lawyer Matt Murdock or using his enhanced radar senses, DD stood out from the crowd as an unrelenting crusader for justice.
To celebrate 75 years of Marvel, 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the upcoming debut of Marvel’s “Daredevil” show on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!
Coming across a fake movie-shoot in DAREDEVIL #6, our hero crossed swords with the terrible trio of the Ox, the Eel, and a new master villain with the power of fear—Mr. Fear, in fact. Concerned over his partner Foggy Nelson’s concussion and trying to recover from Fear’s fateful effects, DD came out on top and proved his foe a coward.
Breaking in his new, all-red costume and tricked-up billy club, Daredevil faced off against his strongest opponent to-date in DAREDEVIL #7. Namor the Sub-Mariner desired to sue the human race and hired the firm of Nelson & Murdock to that end, but when the monarch tried to return to his kingdom, the Man Without Fear valiantly stood in his way, though in the end no match for the Atlantean’s fantastic strength and resilience.
DAREDEVIL #8, offering up a mystery as to his identity to our hero. Karen Page once again insisted Matt look into an operation for his blindness, but he ducked the question, knowing such an event would curtail his effectiveness as Daredevil.
In FANTASTIC FOUR #39, the famous team of adventurers looked to Daredevil for help in staving off an attack by Doctor Doom when they’d lost their powers. DD ran interference the best he could in FANTASTIC FOUR #40 while Mr. Fantastic and his brood regained their cosmic ray-spawned abilities and drove off Doom.
Rushed off to the little country of Lichtenbad for his eye operation in DAREDEVIL #9, Matt Murdock found himself at the mercy of a cruel dictator and the surgeon he’d come to see a prisoner himself. As Daredevil, the blind lawyer led a resistance movement against the evil leader of the nation, but the doctor died in the process, having sacrificed himself so others gained their freedom.
DAREDEVIL #10 and created a strange group of criminal operatives, whom he dubbed Cat Man, Ape Man, Bird Man, and Frog Man. Daredevil himself became a wrongly-accused robbery suspect, while Foggy Nelson decided to run for District Attorney.
The mystery of the Organizer’s identity came to a head in DAREDEVIL #11, when Daredevil posed as Frog Man to root the man out and an old flame of Foggy’s duped the lawyer into doing her bidding. After the city’s mayoral candidate stood revealed as the Organizer and the dust from his schemes cleared, the firm of Nelson & Murdock crumbled, prompting Matt to take a leave of absence to shake the cobwebs loose from his thoughts over Karen and his own future.